Transit

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News March 24, 2017
The cost to build light rail on I-90 in Washington between Seattle and Bellevue has zoomed $225 million higher than Sound Transit once estimated, now that final engineering work has revealed the challenge of retrofitting the roadway.   Transit-board members voted unanimously to approve a contract...
News March 23, 2017
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has unveiled plans to eliminate seven railroad crossings in the next few years.   Locomotives barreling across roadways often cause commuter back-ups and wrecks, which has become a point of concern for both residents and transportation...
News March 23, 2017
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, unveiled new legislation Wednesday that would raise the gas tax by approximately 1 cent per year, to generate about $500 billion for revitalizing U.S. roads, bridges and transit systems over the...
News March 21, 2017
State transit authorities announced Friday that $217 million will be allocated to projects intended to upgrade roadways, bridges, and rail systems across California.   The California Transportation Commission allocated the money for 72 transit projects and are encouraging the use of alternative...
News March 20, 2017
Financing for more than a dozen large-scale transit projects funded in part with federal transit grants is currently jeopardized by President Trump's plan to eliminate the $2.3 billion per year New Starts program.   Trump's 64-page budget blueprint for fiscal 2018 would halt grants from the program...

Image source: Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

News March 20, 2017
Crews are installing rail and pouring concrete this week on Joe Carter Avenue in the Bricktown area of Oklahoma City for the MAPS 3 streetcar. Herzog Contracting Corp., in a joint venture with Stacy and Witbeck, has a $50 million contract to build the streetcar line.   Altogether, 4.9 miles of...
News February 27, 2017
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which ponders what it will take for transit to be a truly viable alternative to ordinary driving.
News February 07, 2017
The nation’s governors will submit a list of more than 300 infrastructure projects to President Trump’s administration this week, aiming to share billions he is urging for nationwide construction projects.   The requests by governors from at least 44 states are in addition to a preliminary list of...
News January 27, 2017
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated more than $127 million to 49 projects to maintain the state's infrastructure systems.   The allocation includes more than $25 million for freight and rail transit projects that will improve service and safety.   The largest allocation, $...
News January 25, 2017
President Trump’s transition team has compiled a list of 50 potential transportation projects across the country that could be targeted in his promised infrastructure proposal, according to documents obtained by McClatchy’s Kansas City Star and The News Tribune.   Two of the examples floated on the...
Article January 24, 2017
Streetcars have been an integral part of the New Orleans public transportation network since the first half of the 19th century. The longest of New Orleans’ streetcar lines is the St. Charles Avenue line. This streetcar line is the oldest continuously operating street railway system in the world,...
News January 18, 2017
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth Region, announced that it has selected the Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) team to conduct a high-speed rail (HSR) station area planning study in downtown Dallas.  ...
News January 17, 2017
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is getting ready for his first big ask from President-elect Donald Trump: a low-interest federal loan of up to $1 billion to modernize and expand Chicago's Union Station.   The Union Station project, part of a larger plan to attract private development on air rights over...
News January 09, 2017
President Barack Obama has signed off on federal grant money totaling nearly $1.1 billion that will go toward improving portions of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Red Line on the north side of the city.   The money will be used to reconstruct the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations...
News January 06, 2017
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey proposed a $32 billion capital plan for the next decade that includes $2.7 billion to build a tunnel under the Hudson River and rehabilitate the century-old one damaged by Superstorm Sandy.   The sum set aside for the tunnel is a fraction of the $24...
News January 05, 2017
Federal and local officials on Wednesday announced roughly $1.5 billion in new grants and loans for the second phase of the Purple Line subway in Los Angeles that will eventually run the length of Wilshire Boulevard to Westwood.   The Metropolitan Transportation Authority project has relied on...
News January 04, 2017
A Long Island Rail Road train derailed in Brooklyn during rush hour on Wednesday, injuring dozens of people and disrupting morning commutes around the city.   New York City Fire Department said 106 people were injured.   A spokesman for the department said that as the train came into Atlantic...
News December 28, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday announced the award of $75 million in federal grant funds for construction of the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which will significantly improve transit service in one of the busiest bus corridors in...
News December 21, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on Tuesday awarded the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) approximately $75 million for construction of the 10.5-mile bus-rapid transit line connecting Orem and Provo.   The line is part of the Provo Orem Transportation...
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